I took plan b one step on march 21 which was the day after the condom broke. my last period was march 6 and just recently on march 24 I had sex and had another accident with the condom. Is their still a chance I could be pregnant!? I am also slightly bleeding from taking plan b. I also do not know if this bleeding is from the plan b or is the starting of my period? But I don't think it is since then it would be very early. If anyone can give me any type of advice I would really appreciate it.
The Plan b you took on March 21 would not have covered the episode that occurred on March 24. A woman returns to fertility quickly after taking Plan b. Plan b can mess up your cycle, sometimes for a few months. Some women bleed a little a week or so after taking it then may be late on their next period. Usually within 1-2 months your cycle will go back to normal but a few women find their cycles irregular a little longer. Are you guys sure that you are using condoms correctly? When a condom is placed on the penis, there should be an inch or so at the end left off the penis as a reservoir. If your partner pulls the condom down too tight over the end of the penis and doesnt leave this reservoir, the condom will break when he ejaculates. Also, your man shouldnt be keeping condoms in his wallet. Heat breaks down latex and if he is carrying around a condom several days then uses it, it can break because of the exposure to his body heat. Keep condoms in your purse or in your nightstand next to the bed. You also never want to use oil based lubricants with condoms. No petroleum jelly, mineral oil, baby oil etc. You can use water based lubricants like KY Jelly. If you use lubricants, look carefully at the ingredients for any oils or look to see if the lubricant advertises that it is safe to use with latex condoms. If you are going to be frequently sexually active, you would be better off going onto birth control pills, rather than blasting your body with hormones like you do with Plan b. Birth control pills are easier on your body. If you dont think taking a daily pill is an option you could do, there are many other forms of hormonal birth control like Nuva Ring which is placed in the vagina, Depo-Provera which is an injection every 13 weeks, Mirena is an IUD inserted into the uterus that lasts up to 5 years or Implanon is a little matchstick like device that contains hormones that is placed under the skin on your inner upper arm and it lasts for up to 3 years then can be removed and a new one inserted. There are also other barrier methods. It may help you to use a spermicide along with condoms. The spermicide comes in either foam or jelly and is used along with condoms and in the event of a condom break or slip, the spermicide will kill sperm keeping you from becoming pregnant. Condoms alone are about 70% effective. They become more effective when used with spermicide. The most effective forms are the hormonal birth control methods-most of those are around 98-99.9% effective. Do some research here on line and read the pro's and con's, then see your Dr or family planning clinic and you can go in and discuss the ones that interest you with the healthcare professional at the clinic or Drs office. Being on a good reliable birth control method will go a long way to help you enjoy sex more without stressing and worrying over whether or not you are pregnant!
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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